Teen Murti Bhavan
Location: A part of India’s heritage Teen Murti Bhavan is situated at Teen Murti Marg, Chanakya Puri in New Delhi.
Designed by: British architect Robert Tor Russell
Inauguration time: 1930
Overtaken authority: Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India
Etymology: The phrase ‘Teen Murti Bhavan’ means three statues literally. The sculptures of three soldiers were sculpted by a British sculptor ‘Leonard Jennings’ in 1922 evoking the memory of three Indian soldiers from three Indian Princely states, i.e. Jodhpur, Hyderabad and Mysore state. The three statues were erected to recall the foretold martyrs’ hospitable service when they were deployed at Gaza Strip, Israel, Palestine when the world was engulfed in ‘World War I’ under British India Army.
This historic Bhavan was founded as ‘Flagstaff House’ where the British Commander-in-Chief used to house.
Subsequent to Independence in 1947, it was served as the residential place of the Indian Prime Minister. But after the death of Nehru in 1964, it was transformed into a national memorial consisting of a Library and the Nehru Museum in ground floor.
The headquarters of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund were established in 1964 to conserve the finest stock of knowledge elaborating Modern Indian History in the complex namely ‘The Nehru Memorial’. The main building has been in function since 1966 till the day today along with the new structure inaugurated in 1974.
On 6th February, 1984, one of the four Planetariums of India, was brought to public notice in Teen Murti House grounds by the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi where the portal on ceil of it screens broadcasts shows. After a pause in its service, the renovated Planetarium was opened again in September 2010 ahead of ‘Common Wealth Games of 2010’.
The lodge representing the ruling-span of the Sultanate of Delhi of 14th century, better known as the Shikargarh or ‘Kushak Mahal’, is established close to the Nehru Planetarium within the Bhavan complex.
Area: 30 acres
Building materials used: W stone and Stucco
Architecture: Its entrance is arched; windows are deep-set and the first floor has a veranda that is pillared at the rear of the building that appears overlooking the lawns.
Offices: The offices of the’ Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund’ have been in function since 1964 here forming the part of this complex.
House of varied countries’ memento: Numerous mementos of diverse countries’ including England, Nepal, Somalia & China etc. are housed in the Bhavan.